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5 Things You Need To Know Today: The Ides Of March

Cave Idus! Idus Martiis! Also the school budget discussed and kids story time.

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1. The is holding a public workshop and hearing to explain and discuss the fiscal 2012 budget. It’s coming down to the wire so now is the time to put your two cents into the forum on ideas. At 7:30 p.m. in the Chenery Middle School auditorium.

2. , Belmont’s new independent, all volunteer library, will be holding its meeting at the Flett Room of the Belmont Public Library at 7:30 p.m.

3. Yoga, taught by professional instructors, is being held from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. at the , 582 Pleasant St, in Gardiner Hall at the back of the church. $10. All levels welcome just bring your own mat if you can. $6 per child for child care. All proceeds benefit Plymouth Nursery School.

4. Story time for 2’s and 3’s. Songs and movement are part of the story time experience for children ages 2 and 3. At the ’s Children’s Room, 336 Concord Ave. The fun begins at 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

5. Stories for children ages 4 and 5 are followed by a simple craft. 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the , 336 Concord Ave.

Today is March 15, the day in 44 BC that the emperor Julius Caesar was assassinated after being warned by a soothsayer: “Cave Idus, Idus Martiis!”

Caesar: Who is it in the press that calls on me? I hear a tongue shriller than all the music that cry "Caesar!" Speak, Caesar is turn'd to hear.

Soothsayer: Beware the ides of March.

Caesar: What man is that?

Brutus: A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March. (Shakespeeare’s Julius Caesar I,ii,15-19)

It’s a day to celebrate the fall of dictators and a day for those in political arena to remember that your “friends” may yet be the cause of your downfall.

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